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inside pakistan in less than two weeks. the obama administration has begun 2013 with a flurry of drone attacks inside pakistan, raising speculation is accelerating the bombings before its capacity to carry them out is diminished with a planned withdrawal from afghanistan by the end of next year. according to a tally by the website long war journal, u.s. drones have already killed as many as 11 civilians and 30 suspected militants in the first 10 days of the year. if confirmed, that would mean a death ratio of more than one civilian for every three suspected militants. it would also already exceed the official civilian death toll for 2012, though that number is likely to small because u.s. policy deems all adult males as militants unless contrary evidence emerges after their deaths. according to the washington post, the future stationing of cia bases that launch the drone strikes will be among the topics discussed by the white house and afghan president karzai during karzai's current visit to washington. the obama administration has reportedly set its expectations low for passage of a n
of the obama administration's counterterrorism policy. >> as "the washington post," a little disenginous saying it's on the-- >> they were getting access to the top secret information. >> it's clearly not a documentary, it's extraordinary bit of film making, but this kind of mixture of fact and fiction, we've seen this. oliver stone has been doing it for decades and other film makers, take a real situation and fold in fiction and make up characters and composite characters. it's always sort of dangerous when you're talking about real historical events and particularly dangerous when you're depicting an event critical to a war they're still engaged in. are we still engaged in these tactics, the obama administration says no. and you're signaling to the enemy what we have been willing to do in the past and i think that's a dangerous thing. >> judicial watch sued to get access, freedom of information act, access to the death photos of osama bin laden. >> yes, they did. and in my view, they'll often do anything for a story, whether they're going to get that access or not. >> jon: should they? >> i d
, but the battle really is not lost. the american government, the obama administration's trying to do what it can to stabilize things, but it's lost a lot of influence with iraq with the departure of american forces, one thing the american forces did give the united states was more clout inside iraq. >> talk about the release of a man accused of killing american soldiers, this issue that you write about in your book, the end game, but also news that came out in november about the relief of ali musa; is that correct? >> guest: yeah. well, there's a number of events that i think worked against american interests in iraq, and the case you cite is one of them. he is not an iraqi. he's a lebanese-hezbollah operative who was sent into iraq at the best of the iranian's cud force because hezbollah is supported by iran for the purposes of training shiite militias fighting american troops. he was captured by leaders in a raid conducted by the brits in which there was an american presence held in detention by the united states, but then under the status of forces agreement, he was handed over to the iraqis.
-- the obama administration is trying to do what it can to stabilize things, but it lost a lot of influence with the departure of american forces. one thing that the american forces did get in the united states is more clout inside of iraq. >> host: talk about the release of a man accused of killing american soldiers. this issue that you write about in your book, "the endgame," but also some news that came out in november about the release of ali. >> guest: there's been a number of events that i think have worked against the american interest in iraq. that duke is one of them. she is an iraqi come he is a lebanese who was sent into iraq at the behest of the american courts because hezbollah is supported by iran. for the purposes of training of the shiite militia who were fighting the american troops, and he was captured along with a number of the shiite militia leaders in the rate connected in basra by the brits in which there's an american presence held in detention by the united states. but then under the status of forces agreement he was handed over to the iraqis. >> host: this agreement
defense secretary leon panetta. the obama administration homeland security -- rather national security adviser nominated to become the next central intelligence agency director, taking of the poster designed by general david patraeus after his affair with his biographer was disclosed. appointments follow the president's december 21st nomination of senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as the secretary of state. the president is considering a new job for ambassador to the united nations susan rice. may become the next national security advisor if all the appointments are confirmed. we will have carried out an almost total revamping of his national security team. >> confident that judge will be an outstanding secretary of defense and brennan will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. may understand that we are only successful because of the folks up and down the line in these respective institutions. the folks on the ground who are oftentimes putting their lives at risk for us. and oftentimes removed from washington and politics. lou: some members of the
guest tonight at odds over whether the obama administration possible use of executive action is part of the gun-control initiative would be appropriate, lawful, or an example of the executive branch overreaching. joining yes, research director of the independent institute and an adjunct professor of advanced constitutional law at denver university stern college of law. good to have you with us. richard a. bourne, criminal justice expert and fellow president of the brega campaign. good to have you with us. >> huckabee year. lou: let me ask, if i may begin with you, david. you just heard me ask carl cameron about this issue. is the idea of using executive order appropriate in the instance of banning a particular type of weapon? >> well, certainly it comes to the possibility. to be technical, what the president would be most likely to do would not be an outright ban but would be to say that certain guns he deems to be destructive devices under federal law, and so therefore there will be treated like the same with machine guns are. to continue to possess one, you have to pay $200 to the
the obama administration said correctly is let's collect the file together and put together a passport and review them to see who these people are. the task force was put together, then it got screwed up to start with because it took forever to put it up and it included every agency. match olsen was appointed director, lisa monaco was deputy assistant attorney general for what is it? counterterrorism. was his deputy. they had representatives from every agency from the cia defense intelligence agency, defense department. a very conservative, very conservative agency and there had to be unanimous opinion to clear anyone for release. they had -- all the agencies had to agree this person is not a threat to the united states and not of intelligence value. was extraordinarily careful, lugubrious, long process. many people who were not cleared have nothing on them but they couldn't come to unanimous agreement. very conservative people should be released. >> given the fact that yemen -- the kind of counterpoint to what was discussed is as you know the yemen prison system has been senior member
to australia for more on this story after the headlines. the obama administration has launched a review of offshore oil drilling in the arctic following a cascading series of blunders and mishaps by the oil giant shell. shell's recent troubles culminated when its drill rig ran aground last week off the alaskan coast, sparking concerns of a potential spill. past problems have included safety and environmental violations on its vessels and the failure during a test of a device meant to control a gushing well. government officials said the new 60-day review could potentially limit or halt shell's ambitions for arctic drilling. the escalating issues have followed repeated warnings by environmental groups that shell is unprepared for the harsh and dangerous conditions associated with arctic drilling. greenpeace to the new york times -- the coast guard has launched a separate investigation into the grounding of shell's drill rig last week. alleged u.s. army whistleblower bradley manning has had his potential sentence reduced should he be convicted for the leaking of classified documents to wi
will do better and we will do better as a time teem. >> they accuse the obama administration of negligence the underwear bomber was read his miranda rights and lawyered up hours after. they say intelligence was lost for good. we need no lecture. writing quote, politically motivated criticism only serves the goals of al-qaeda, the notion that america's system of justice are unable to handle these murderous... >> he was describing water boarding as inconsistent with american values in a november 2007 interview, brennan also told cbs news, quote, there has been a lot of information that has come out from interrogation procedures but the agency has in fact used a real hard-core terrorists, it has saved lives. given his track record, a former senior intelligence official whether he could get himself for it. >> bret: chuck hagel a veteran of the vietnam war where he was wounded. he incurred political bruises when he opposed president bush's surge in iraq. a look at the hagel record and what it could mean for his confirmation process. >> first enlisted soldier, he broke ranks with fellow republic
is vice-president biden telling reporters that the obama administration is preparing for unilateral action on gun-control . >> going to act. executive order, executive action can be taken. we have not decided yet, but we are compiling with the help of the attorney-general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required. lou: at the state level, new york governor andrew cuomo proposing what he calls the toughest assault weapon ban the nation. the democratic governor suggesting that the state government has the power to seize guns. infuriating gun owners and gun rights advocates when he suggested that confiscation could be an option. the assault on the constitution certainly not limited to the second amendment. congressional democrats are now urging the white house to act unilaterally on the debt ceiling as well. twenty-one democrats led by congressman peter welch said in a letter that they fully support any use of presidential authority, including interpreting the 14th amendment to support presidential action to prevent the government from going
. he was the first obama administration official to publicly confirm drone attacks overseas and to defend their legalities. war on expected nominations of chuck hagel and john brennan after the headlines. the obama administration reportedly is considering keeping a residual force between three and 9000 troops in afghanistan after the formal withdrawal date of 2014. the wall street journal cited the new figures after previous reports suggested the u.s. is mulling a troop deployment of up to 20,000. bahrain top court has upheld the convictions of 13 opposition leaders on allegations of plotting to overthrow the u.s.- backed regime. the activists were sentenced by military court in 2011, eight of them to live behind bars after leading massive protests against bahrain's sunni monarchy. today's ruling marks the end of their legal options after an appeals court upheld the convictions in september. another seven activists were also convicted in the initial case, but did not file appeals because they were tried in absentia. soon president bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his go
shown a bond our guests. our first says it is unlikely the obama administration will push through a ban on assault weapons or a ban on large capacity ammunition magazines. the white house task force on gun violence as he said, failed to address the concerns of governors. joining us now, president of the national rifle association. good to have you with us. this has been a remarkable state in the presentation by joe biden to the present, the statements by the president himself and a press conference. hastily called saying that make taking guns away from people isn't about the second amendment your reaction. >> it is. it is about american freedom. this is a president who has spent his life as an opponent of second and minarets in this country. he promised before the election board that after the election you start to do something. he has this whole public-relations -- relation operation financed to a mere blumberg of new york that was ready to swing into action. what newtown gave him was an excuse to do what they wanted to do for some time, which is to launch a full breath attack on the s
unattractive, the obama administration needs to see if there is a path through which it can pressure iran to make a deal. in a thoughtful essay in the current issue of "foreign affairs" the columbia scholar jurvis points out that this kind of coercive diplomacy, at least from washington, has rarely worked. he points out in panama, 1989, iraq, 1990, serbia, 1998, afghanistan, 2001 and iraq, 2003, washington tried sanctions pressure and the threat of force to get leaders to change course, it didn't work. and washington had to make good on its threat to go to war. with north korea, coercive diplomacy also failed, but in this case, washington decided against military action choosing, instead, to contain the regime. making coercive diplomacy requires a mix of threats and promises. with regard to iran, the administration has made the threats plenty of times. with clarity and credibility. but while the sticks have been handled shrewdly, the carrots have not. the united states is unable to define for itself or for the world what would be an acceptable deal and, most importantly, what it is willin
to be the best of the best operations according to both shell and the obama administration, and it turned out to be no match for the arctic. one of my colleagues put it quite well earlier today when he was talking about this can't be another paper exercise. they have to really dig into what happened here, and the secretary salazar said he didn't want to pre-suppose any inclusionsconclusions but it's hard to cool to any conclusion but that shell screwed up, and the arctic is no match for the technology they'll put up there. >> cenk: the arctic sounds like to "the young turks" too strong. i'm skeptical about the administration because i've seen when they've reallowed drilling in the gulf coast. well, the safety precautions you know, it's a work in progress. that makes me really concerned. is my concern about the obama administration in this realm justified or not justified. >> totally justified. shell has a lot of egg on their face right now. but the fact of the matter is the obama administration pretty much okayed this operation. you look at what shell is trying to do. the whole process is a d
for his role in the obama administration's drone warfare overseas. in his remarks at the time, brennan had said there was not a single collateral death in the previous year of drone attacks. his letter qualified his remarks by saying he had no information to the at the time. it has been revealed the u.s. a massacre at the time convict pakistani concerns directly to the highest levels of the obama white house. the concern centered around a march 2011 strike that killed 42 pakistani, most of them civilians. vice-president joe biden met with gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday as part of his task force on tackling gun violence in the united states. in a welcome message to his guests, biden vowed president obama would take meaningful action through executive order if need be. >> we are here today to deal with the problem that requires immediate action, urgent action. the president and i are determined to take action. this is not an exercise in a photo opportunity just ask you what your opinions are. we're reaching out to all parties on whatever side of this debate you fall. b
panetta, no different than anybody else in the obama administration. >> senator kerrey, you have been in politics all these years. what is the vehemence about? is it the sense he's just too much to the left of the right wing? what is the new standard for middle east politics in being secretary of defense for the united states? >> well, that's a good question. i think it's going to be proven in his testimony that he's a very strong supporter of the united states being a strong ally of israel. i mean, that's really the bottom line. are you willing to be an ally of israel, yes or no, and he's going to answer emphatically yes. his votes and his record confirm that. does he have disagreements from time to time with the prime minister of israel? the answer is yes. but, you know, i have disagreements from time to time with the president of the united states, but that doesn't mean i don't support the united states of america. so, i mean, i think the representations that he's going to be terrible for israel i just think is wrong. and i think when he gets before the armed services committee, i
the obama administration was going to be like on this score. there was a u.s. drone strike in pakistan roughly every three days in 2010. 9 new america foundation tracks these things and their record shows it was an unprecedented spike in terms of how frequently we were killing people in pakistan using this particular method of killing people even though pakistan is supposedly not a war zone for us, at least not more than anywhere else in the world. interestingly, though, in 2013 it dropped off. in 2011 we launched from dropping drone strikes in pakistan roughly every three days to launching them on average every five days. then in 2012 it dropped off even further. we were launching a drone strike in pakistan about every seven or eight days as of 2012. well, how is this year shaping up? it is january 10th. so so far there have only been ten days in 2013. of those ten days in 2013 so far we have launched a drone strike in pakistan on seven out of those ten days. now, maybe that is an aberration. maybe those are the only seven we will have this year and by the end of the year our average
the exact opposite effect. the latest battle lines as the obama administration moves to curb the availability of assault weapons. >>> let me finish with why this nomination of chuck hagel should be given a solid, solid chance, and this is "hardball," the place for politics, >>> hillary y at the doctor's office when they weigh you, and they have to move it over? my doctor does not have to do that anymore. [ male announcer ] for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat. feels great. [ male announcer ] simple. effective. take that, 50 pound thingy. let's fight fat with alli. learn more, lose more at letsfightfat.com. gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone but her likes 50% more cash, but i have an idea. do you want a princess dress? yes. cupcakes? yes. do you want an etch-a-sketch? yes! do you want 50% more cash? no. you got talent. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you
there. it's an interesting tactic. make a quick point. the obama administration is selectively picks its issues it wants to go after and the one it doesn't. arizona decided they had their own immigration law. the department of justice says no, no, you can't do that. we'll sue you. arizona sues arizona. they will enforce the federal law, not the arizona law. pot in colorado, pot in washington state, you have your own law there. we'll look the other way on your law there. because they don't care about it. >> andrea: california. >> eric: not so much california. but the point they want guns. they want to go after guns so they will find a way, find an tissue go and really beef up the gun control. >> andrea: they also shrekively picked their allies, bob, right? >> bob: what administration doesn't pick issues they want to go after? >> eric: it esegregious. >> andrea: what about their allies? remember we listened to the left say wal-mart was evil, terrible now. they're partnering up with them? the nra was at the meeting today. they put out a statement. i know you have thoughts on it. here is wha
. click or call. >> and welcome back to "hannity." now that the obama administration has taken more money out of your wallet each and every week. you want to know where some of your hard earned money is going? it will probably make you angry. the new york post through the freedom of information act got a hold of record of welfare recipients. they took out cash at bars and liquor stores and x-rated video shops, huka bars and strip clubs where they presumably spent tax money on lap dances rather than diapers. unbelievable. glad it's going to good use, that's what fair share is about. joining me with reaction michael meyers and sirius xm host david webb. strip bar, you've been to a hooka bar? i've walked by. i didn't know what it was a month ago. >> here is the thing, you lower the bar for people to spend money to feed a government program. there's another side to this besides the fact that like texas, like other states, you can identify the atm machines and decide you can't withdraw from this atm machine or that atm machine in that establishment because it's supposed to be about feeding you
by the obama administration. looks like they will will try to ban certain kind of assault weapons. they will want the feds to register firearms much like you have to register your cower car. talking points believes the legislation will have a tough time getting through the house. there is danger for the republicans because most americans do want some reasonable restrictions on powerful weapons. in the same vein immigration reform will most likely happen. must get more hispanic americans to support it therefore we can expect a quasiamnesty for law abiding illegal aliens already in the country. they have to jump through a few hoops it will take some time but they should be able to stay in this country. gay marriage front the supreme court hearing two cases. what's likely to happen there is that the court will rule the individual states can decide the issue. they're if a state like california which voted down gay marriage continues to hold that posture, the feds will not override that. but, there is no way the nine supreme court justices will ban gay marriage outright. not going to h
in the obama administration. labor secretary hilda soliz submitted resignation this afternoon saying after spending the holiday with her family she is ankious to get to her home in california. it's not clear when she will leave the labor department or who may be in line to replace her. tomorrow, they are set to nominate jack lew to be the treasuresy secretary. joining us to discuss this are familiar faces. karl rove from texas. and joe trippi in washington. thank you for being here. i want to break down battles one-by-one. the first one getting attention is chuck hagel for defense secretary. how big of a bat doll you think this is. where do you think it will play out? >> this is the biggest of the five nomination fights we know about. maybe a vote against hagel. few republicans, none come to his defense. few republicans might vote for him. he has a contentious personal background. hard, acerbic and hard to work with. more important than that is the record on the issues. opposed to iranian sanctions. he opposed the iraq surge. defended dialogue with hamas. refused to join in a letter callin
on the advisory board means he's had some input into the obama administration's decision making on national security issues. >> we mentioned across the aisle there are democratic lawmaker who also have problems with hagel partly because of the israel issues, but what's the back story there? >> in 1998 the blunt-spoken mr. hagel made comments about a man president clinton had serve, the first openly gay ambassador and hagel described him as openly aggressively gay. he issued an apology and he told that he never received the apology, just the media did. and gay and lesbian advocacy groups are weighing in and count on the spectacle that official washington loves, the knockdown, dragout confirmation battle. it will be interesting, james rosen, thank you. >> thank you. >> your health insurance rates could be going up by double digits. providing to increase premiums despite the obama administration's new health care law and succeeding. as you know may know the the affordable health care act was meant to stop the rising costs of health care and the people who do not have employer provided insuranc
of the obama administration, i thought again we face a perilous moment. this time it's the debt crisis we face. when our incumbent congressman announced his retirement i thought i could perhaps provide some of that leadership here in washington. i wanted come to washington and fight for the same freedoms here that i did in iraq and afghanistan. >> some of your first votes. you are being called what's part of the hell no caucus. my apologies for the language there but it wasn't mine. it's a cover story. do you accept that idea that that's the -- that's what your role is going to be in the republican conference? >> i don't think that'll be my role in the republican conference. but i think that the congress as a whole may need to say hell no to barack obama a little bit more. frankly i wish we might have had people here in 2009 and 2010 who were saying that as obama care was passed, as the stimulus was passed, as a dodd/frank financial regulatory bill was passed. >> you won a district that was held by a democrat. for a long period of time. it was, you know, as other districts in arkansas were goi
the obama administration have died in recent years than have been charged or tried criminally. obama has offered no realistic prospects for taking either practical steps to release individual people who should be released, or ending this relate odious paradigm of indefinite detention. >> baher azmy, thank you for being with us, legal director of the center for constitutional rights. when we come back, "democracy now!" exclusive, extended interview with al jazeera journalist sami al-hajj, held for more than six years by u.s. majority. the vast majority of that time was at guantanamo. stay with us. ♪ [music break] >> david bowie, his new single released today on his birthday. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. "democracy now!" exclusive. as protesters march 11 anniversary of the openi of guantanamo, in this week of renewed discussions about bush- your policies carried over into the obama administration with the nomination of john brennan to head the cia, we turn to the story of one prisoner whose case we have followed for years, sami al
. the president and the obama administration does not want to use forcing a gains iran. but that option is e two. gun control. national and state. >> there is nothing that has pricked the consciousness of the american people, there's nothing that has gone to the heart of the matter more than the visual image people have of little six-year-old kids riddled -- not shot with a stray bullet, riddled, riddled, with bullet holes in their classroom. and the public demands we speak to the. >> this week in the wake of the shooting in newtown, connecticut, that left 20 elementary school children and six adults massacred, vice president joe biden and president obama's request, led a task force to address the broad, sensitive, and inflammatory issue of gun control. gun groups like the national rifle association, presented views to the biden task force which has addressed specific proposals. notably, reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and close loopholes. require standardized universal criminal background checks and mental health background checks at gun shows and through private dealers.
and then came to work at the obama administration a couple of weeks later where the president was decrying that kind of thing, saying that when companies come to america, especially to pay for their bailout, they shouldn't be having lavish bonuses. lou: thank you, shannon bream. turning back to the issue of gun control, our first guest says the president is sorely mistaken if he believes that he can amend the u.s. constitution by executive order. joining us is trey gowdy and it is great to have you with us, congressman. first, if we may, let's turn to the idea that this president, if necessary, will by executive order, constrain our rights. >> i can give you a long list of things to worry about. but this president and vice president shredding our second amendment because they think it is bleeding politically expedient is not going to be one of them. i find it shocking how little regard he seems to have for that document. he may not like the second amendment, he can take up with madison and jefferson and the fellows that framed it. but he is not going to run roughshod over the second amendm
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